Strong Quake near Mexico City kills at least 226

September 21, 2017 at 2:58 am

MEXICO CITY – Rescue crews and ordinary citizens searched through rubble for survivors as night fell on Tuesday on battered cities in central Mexico, including the capital, where the death toll from a major earthquake grew to at least 226.

The magnitude 7.1 quake toppled dozens of buildings, broke gas mains and sparked fires less than two weeks after another powerful quake killed at least 98 people in southern Mexico. It also hit just hours after emergency drills marked the anniversary of a temblor that killed thousands in 1985.

Millions of people fled into the streets, where they weathered the violent shaking and desperately sought word about the welfare of family and friends.

Emergency personnel in Mexico City, a metropolitan region of about 20 million people, searched frantically with picks and shovels for survivors beneath the rubble of what the sprawling city’s mayor calculated to be as many as 44 collapsed buildings, including at least one primary school.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said late on Tuesday more than 20 children and two adults had been found dead at the school, Colegio Enrique Rebsamen, in the neighborhood of Coapa. Another 30 children and 12 adults were missing, he said.

Emergency personnel and equipment were being deployed across affected areas so that “throughout the night we can continue aiding the population and eventually find people beneath the rubble,” Peña Nieto said in a video posted on Facebook earlier on Tuesday evening.

Rescue workers and soldiers toiled around collapsed buildings where heat-sensing equipment suggested survivors could still be trapped. Bystanders joined in where they could, clearing debris with their bare hands or whatever tools they could find nearby.

“My wife is there,” said Juan Jesus Garcia, 33, choking back tears outside one building in Mexico City.

“I haven’t been able to communicate with her. She is not answering, and now they are telling us we have to turn off our cellphones because there is a gas leak.”

The quake had killed 49 people in the capital by late Tuesday, according to civil defense chief Luis Felipe Puente. The highest toll, he said, was in Morelos State, just to the south, where 55 people were killed.

Another 13 people were reported killed in the neighboring states of Mexico and Guerrero. Thirty-two deaths had been counted in the central state of Puebla, also to the south, where the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) located the quake’s epicenter.

As many as 4.6 million homes, businesses and other facilities had lost electricity, according to national power company Comisión Federal de Electricidad. Most of them were in the greater Mexico City area and in the states of Guerrero, Morelos, Puebla, Oaxaca, and Tlaxcala.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recent News

Pakistan celebrates 71 years o
ISLAMABAD: The nation celebrated 71st Independence Day today (Tuesday) with traditional fervour and enthusiasm. All major public and private buildings, roads and avenues were decorated with illumin...
August 14, 2018 Read More
President, caretaker PM felici
ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain and caretaker Prime Minister Justice (retd) Nasir-ul-Mulk extended heartiest felicitations to all Pakistanis on the occasion of Independence Day. President Mamn...
August 14, 2018 Read More
Imran Khan felicitates Nation
Islamabad : Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan on Tuesday felicitated the nation on Independence Day as he vowed to realise Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Allama Iqbal’s visio
August 14, 2018 Read More
shehbaz demands probe into rig
LAHORE (APP) - Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif Tuesday stressed the need for forging unity among the ranks of nation by setting aside differences in the larger interest o...
August 14, 2018 Read More
Sindh Governor-designate Imran
KARACHI: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader and Sindh governor-designate, Imran Ismail on Tuesday claimed that he was denied entry to Mazar-e-Quaid, where he had to offer Fateha. The PTI leader ...
August 14, 2018 Read More
Nawaz, Maryam arrested at Laho
ISLAMABAD/LAHORE: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter, Maryam Nawaz, were arrested Friday night upon their arrival in Lahore, a week after being sentenced to prison in the Avenfield Pr...
July 14, 2018 Read More
ICT development vital for coun
ISLAMABAD, Jul 13 (APP):Prime Minister Justice (Retd) Nasir-ul-Mulk Fridays while inaugurating the Pak-China Optical Fiber Cable project said that the development of information and communication tech...
July 14, 2018 Read More
128 dead 150 injured in Mastun
At least 128 people, including politician Nawabzada Siraj Raisani, were killed and more than 200 injured in a deadly suicide blast in Balochistan's Mastung district on Friday afternoon, Balochistan Ho...
July 14, 2018 Read More